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Banario crowned champ at ONE FC: Return of Warriors

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Honorio Banario of the Philippines aims a kick at the head of compatriot Eric Kelly during their ONE FC featherweight title fight at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Feb. 02, 2013. Photograph: ONE FC website

ONE FC: Return Of Warriors, the Asian MMA organisation’s second event in Kuala Lumpur, treated the sold-out crowd at Stadium Putra on Saturday to an “unforgettable night of action”, according to organisers.

The main fight saw the inaugural ONE FC featherweight champion crowned, as Honorio Banario defeated Eric Kelly by means of a TKO in the fourth round. The two Filipino warriors went back and forth in a striking duel before “The Rock” Banario landed a punch that staggered Kelly and forced the stoppage.

In the co-main event of the night, Shinichi Kojima defeated Rey Docyogen via submission. The Japanese veteran displayed his doggedness in defeating the highly rated Filipino, who had dominated the stand-up battle.

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Japan’s Shinichi Kojima (L) performs a successful choke submission on Rey Docyogen of the Philippines in their bout. Photograph: ONE FC website

Kojima, with nearly 10 years’ MMA experience, performed a guillotine choke in the clinch and pulled guard to finish the fight. With the win, he guaranteed himself a flyweight title shot in the future.

Vuyisile Colossa and Lowen Tynanes put on a showcase that exhibited the many facets of MMA. Tynanes used his wrestling to subdue Colossa in the first round, coming close to ending the contest with several submission attempts.

South African Muay Thai champion Colossa, however, came storming back in the second round as he peppered his Hawaiian opponent with leg kicks and elbows.

Tynanes returned to his wrestling roots in the third stanza as he secured a takedown and eventually tightened a rear naked choke that forced Colossa to concede defeat.

Malaysians Peter Davis and Adam Kayoom emerged victorious in front of a boisterous home crowd.

Davis engaged in a fierce battle against Indonesian submission specialist Leo Krishna and was declared the winner after the doctor called a stop to the fight due to an injury in the first round.

Davis dropped a series of thunderous kicks on his downed rival, which are deemed legal under ONE FC’s global rules set.

Kayoom dispatched Indonesia’s Zuli Silawanto in clinical fashion, producing a picture-perfect takedown and smothered his opponent with his top control while dropping sharp elbows.

The opportunistic Kayoom managed to secure back control and slipped in a rear naked choke to finish the fight in round one.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Riley at dan.riley@phnompenhpost.com

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